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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) planning is under way for the inaugural South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl, scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013, at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth.

DOE science bowls are conducted throughout the nation for high school and middle school students with regional winners advancing to the national competition in Washington, D.C. The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant is organizing its first high school Science Bowl for the region served by the Piketon plant’s operations (Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties).

“We believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for students in the four-county area,” said DOE’s Greg Simonton, who leads the Science Bowl Committee at the Portsmouth site. “This is our first year conducting this event and the response we have had from regional schools has been exciting. One of our schools will represent the region at the national competition in April.”

Science Bowl matches consist of two teams made up of four participants and an alternate. The teams play two eight-minute halves and answer questions related to biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics and physics. At the local event, teams will compete in pool play and will then be seeded in a single-elimination tournament based on their performances in pool play.

Thirteen schools from the area will be represented with some schools fielding two teams. The field of 20 consists of teams from Chillicothe, Jackson, Lucasville Valley, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, Paint Valley, Portsmouth West, Sciotoville East, Waverly, Western Pike, and Zane Trace.

The Science Bowl Committee is made up of representatives from DOE, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, Restoration Services, Inc., and Wastren Advantage, Inc. Subcommittees have been established to address finance, competition, school communication, public affairs and logistics.

“This event requires a significant planning effort and the department and its contractors are working hard to put on a first-rate event for our regional students,” Simonton said. “This event goes hand-in-hand with the federal government’s efforts to emphasize fields related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We believe this event will be well received and we look forward to continuing it in the years ahead.”

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 and more than 200,000 students have participated in the competition in its 22-year history. It is the nation’s largest science competition.

Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu said events like the Science Bowl help to keep America competitive.

“Providing opportunities like the National Science Bowl to challenge today’s students is an essential part of keeping America competitive in a rapidly advancing world,” Chu said.

Source: Department of Energy

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